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Jan 14, 2008 08:40 AM

Midtown/Hell's Kitchen <$20 entrees?

My in-laws are coming to town and my wife and I are taking them to see The Farnsworth Invention on Saturday night. Does anyone have recommendations for a nice pre-theater restaurant with $20 or less entrees? We're walkers, so Hell's Kitchen is as fine to us as closer Midtown places. They eat pretty much anything except Mexican, and I'd personally like to avoid a pizza joint.

Thanks so much for any help on this.

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  1. Here are some options:

    Trattoria Trecolori - Italian -

    Roberto Passon - Italian - - An important caveat: They recite the specials without prices, so if any appeals to you, be sure to ask because it may cost well above your $20 target.

    La Bonne Soupe - French -

    Le Madeleine - French - 3-course pre-theater prix-fixe = $32.

    Marseille - French/Mediterranean - 3-course prix-fixe = $35.

    Uncle Nick's - Greek -

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    1. re: RGR

      I tried Il Meligrano this weekend, which is homestyle Italian and very low key. The menu is limited but my wife and I shared a wonderful spaghetti pomodoro and pappardelle with sausage and peas. Pastas were ~$10. entrees were not over $20. We didn't have dessert but they all looked very good.

    2. Uncle Nicks is an awesome suggestions. You can also try Vinyl or Eatery.

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      1. re: veralouise

        To be honest, I would not describe the food at Uncle Nick's as awesome. It is, however, nicely prepared and quite tasty.

      2. I am also an Uncle Nick's Fan. Maria Pia is a pretty good Italian place that fits your budget. The food is good at the Afghan Kebab House, and it being BYOB can bring down costs a lot.

        Also, out on 10th Ave., I love Queen of Sheba for Ethopian food.

        1. You may want to consider Market Cafe. It's on 39th (ish) and 9th. It's been there forever and the food's good (not *amazing*, but then again... it's under $20). Definitely inexpensive too. It's right in the seedy shadow of port authority, so it's not the most picturesque part of the city.

          I'm not sure where the theater is, but this might be a good option if it's on the west/south side of the theater district.